So You Think You Can Dance: top 16
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So You Think You Can Dance: top 16

Los Angeles : CA : USA | Jul 26, 2012 at 12:16 AM PDT
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Eliana and Cyrus

This week on the Emmy nominated “So You Think You Can Dance” the 16 remaining dancers open the show with a Charlie Chaplinesque group number that features a red umbrella. The routine was choreographed by Tyce Diorio.

First the bad news…a two week break while the sports stars strut their stuff in the Olympics and at the end of the show two more dancers must go home.

Joining executive producer and head judge Nigel Lythgoe and Ballroom expert Mary Murphy at the judging table was Emmy award winning actress Christina Applegate.

First up was Tiffany and George with some adventures in babysitting hip-hop routine from Tabatha and Napoleon – who are expecting a baby. Nigel said it was a great Napytabs routine and a perfect way to open the show. Mary called the routine cute and fabulous. Christina said that she wasn’t expecting that; adding that X marked the spot.

Amber and Brandon performed a sultry jazz routine in their first performance together after their partners were eliminated last week. Christina saying “oh my god” called the routine memorable; adding it was the best she had seen Amber dance and she forgot that Brandon was a stepper. Mary said the performance was sultry and soulful. Nigel called the routine baby making choreography; adding that it was outrageous and excellent.

Nigel announced that on National Dance Day – July 28 – Dizzy Feet will be holding a Gala fundraising event and honouring dancer and actress Shirley MacLaine with the Inspiration Award.

Janelle and Dareian performed a Cha Cha choreographed by SYTYCD alum Pasha to the tune of “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Ballroom expert May Murphy noted that the routine had a couple of phenomenal tricks but added that it was not the best performance by the pair and they seemed to have no chemistry. Christina simply noted that the couple gave it their best effort. Nigel noted that there were some hand and feet issues; adding that the performance was not sexy and the dancers lacked connectivity.

Linday and Cole performed a Contemporary Love/Hate routine by Mandy Moore. Nigel called the choreography beautiful with fantastic lighting; adding that Lindsay’s spirit was in the right place and Cole’s performance was brilliantly done. Nigel called Cole a genius. Mary called the performance mesmerizing and asked Cole if there was anything he could not do. Christina called Cole an enigma and saying Lindsay’s performance spoke through her body.

Amelia and Will performed a Mandy Moore Jazz routine. Christina called the pair the dream team; saying the chemistry was spot on and noting how they have embraced the various dance styles. Nigel; however, did not feel it this week adding that he felt no connection. Mary said it was a very good performance but not as strong as the couple’s previous routines.

Audry and Matthew performed a Salsa to a jazzy Latin Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. After saying that he couple is one of her favourites, she added that the performance lacked fire. Christina felt distracted by the music. Nigel said the dance felt slow; adding that there was not enough going and and it wasn’t the couple’s best night.

Whitney and Chehon performed a Contemporary Stacey Tookey routine to “I Will Always Love You” sung by Whitney Houston. Whitney revealed that she was named after Houston. The performance earned a standing ovation from the judges. Christina called the dancers painters; adding it was one of the most beautiful things she had ever seen and she was sure hearts skipped a few beats. A tearful Mary said that they got her on that one; calling it a defining moment in the competition. Nigel said that he was proud to have saved Whitney last week; adding that the routine was absolutely flawless.

The final dance by the competitors this week was from Eliana and Cyrus who performed a Nappytabs Hip-Hop routine that was suited to ballerina Eliana and robot Cyrus. The judges again gave the performance a standing ovation. Mary called the performance fabulous; adding that it was a privilege to watch Cyrus perform and put both dancers on the train (the hot tamale train). Christina called the performance fantastic, entertaining, and fit for the both of them. Nigel was pleased the couple drew the routine; saying Cyrus was fantastic to watch and in a different world with what he does.

After Eliana and Cyrus performed, Emmy nominated host Cat Deely called all of the dancers on stage. She revealed that the bottom three girls were Amber, Lindsay, and Eliana. The bottom three boys were George, Brandon, and Dareian. Nigel asked to see Amber, Eliana, Brandon, and Dareian perform a solo before he announced the dancers they were going to save.

After the dancers performed six members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre performed some “Jungle Jazz” in a routine choreographed by the troupe’s leader Robert Battle.

After noting that all of the dancer got thousands of votes each and that there were no adverse votes by fans on the show, Nigel revealed that they were saving Lindsay and Eliana; which meant Amber was being sent home. In the boy’s category Nigel said that they were saving George and Dareian which sent Brandon home.

While Brandon was eliminated from the show, fans can still see him perform in the new “Step Up Revolution”.

With elimination of amber and Brandon all of the couples remain in tact and will perform when the show returns on August 15.

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Sherrill Fulghum is based in Niagara Falls, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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